I have trouble keeping track of the books I read, as well as articles, commentaries and such. I thought I’d try to organize them here. This is a work in progress so it will continue to morph as I continue reading.


Bible Reading/Torah Cycle:


Articles and Papers:

Wish List

Books that I want to (or should) read or re-read, listed in no particular order. If I read one, it pops off this list. If I discover new books I want/need/should read, they’ll pop on the list:


Bible Reading/Torah Cycle:


Articles and Papers:

Bible Studies:

15 thoughts on “Books”

  1. I recommend Dune and The Stranger. They are both profound (though I don’t share Camus’ worldview, of course). I downloaded the PDF’s you recommended. Don’t forget Return of the Kosher Pig by R’ Itzak Shapira. It might give you help in your witness, especially to your Orthodox friends. Your wife might also benefit, if Yeshua’s divinity is a major obstacle for her. I’m still praying for you both. L’Shanah Tovah tikateivu! Love, Dave

  2. As an English teacher, I read alot of books, for reasons of building curriculum as well as pleasure, and get paid [somewhat] for it.

    I’d recommend putting ‘1984’ toward the top of your list. I taught it last year, along with ‘Night’ by Wiesel and ‘Macbeth’ by you-know-who as a study in totalitarianism. Fascinating but emotionally rigorous. We had “Mystery Pie Monday” to cheer ourselves up, aligned our reading with Scripture and prayed often to stay on an even keel, so to speak. To wrap-up the thematic study, I had a guest speaker who served in Congress come in and address the issues of governmental surveillance. Fascinating and sobering, both.

    I recently read ‘A Passage To India’ by E.M. Forster and absolutely loved it about 100 pages in. A great story of the British Raj and its stiff-upper-lipped attitudinal superiority over the native population as well as the reactionary view of Indians, both Muslim and Hindu, to British imperialism, all operating at multiple levels with a great “who-done-it?” plot in the second half and the exotic nature of India operating as a metaphor of mystery throughout all. Forster has a way of painting word pictures that I enjoy very much.

    I just finished ‘The Death Of Ivan Ilyich’ by Tolstoy… a brutally depressing novella (which I’m pairing with Hemingway’s Old Man And The Sea at the 12th grade level as a study of inner human struggle) which is, as I understand it, either a pseudo-memoir of Tolstoy’s own spiritual awakening or a precursor to it. As I understand it, without deeply researching, after writing critically of the mainstream Christianity, it seems that Tolstoy may have been what we refer to as “born again” through study of just the teachings of Jesus, and as a member of mainstream Russian Orthodox Christianity, was deemed a threat and/or insane by the church and was summarily excommunicated as a result. I’m still piecing that story together…

    I’m currently reading ‘Silas Marner,’ which I’ve never read, to pair with ‘Robinson Crusoe’ at the 9th-10th grade level as a study in human transformation and survival. ‘Crusoe,’ however, is written at a much lower reading level than ‘Marner,’ which is a work of much denser intellectuality by George Eliot. I’m really enjoying ‘Marner.’ It’s “Dickensian” in the sense that the protagonist is “Scrooge-esque” and a positive transformation takes place due to a child’s appearance on the scene.

    As for theology, I’m re-reading Seeing God by Rabbi Aaron while also reading “Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus,” by Lois Tverberg, which I find very refreshing and satisfying in a “reaffirmational way” as a Gentile believer who walks not in the dust of the Church Fathers so much as Yeshua’s. Lois has a very good way of putting things that is very digestible and good for the soul. Also re-studying through Torah Club # 2 this year.

    Shana tovah! to you and yours and thanks for the opportunity to think about what I’ve been reading… Are you a member of “Goodreads?” on the Internet? You can list your books-read and get recommendations and all sorts of stuff there… I’ve found it very informative in a number of ways… ~ Dan

  3. And toda raba! for the incredible list of your own reading! I’m bookmarking this ‘Meditation’ (along with quite a few others) to build my own wish list…

  4. Thanks, Dan. The list is in no particular order, I just needed someplace to store it so it wouldn’t leak out my memory again.

    Your mention of Silas Marner brought back some unpleasant memories of my 11th grade English class. I don’t remember a single word from that book, but I remember I hated reading it. ;-)

  5. ‘Silas Marner’ is a bit lugubrious… a word Jack Kerouac uses 4x in one paragraph in ‘On The Road’… apologies for inspiring the little episode of school-related post-traumatic-stress. :)

  6. The Gospel According to Moses – What my Jewish friends taught me about Jesus – Dickson
    God in Search of Man – Heschel
    Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes – Bailey

    I hope you’re enjoying Nanos’ book as much as I did.


  7. I’m awed and inspired by your reading list. Several I have read, several I own and have not gotten to, but most I’ve not even heard of and I’m very intrigued.
    I also really appreciate how you’ve got your book list arranged here. Very neat and tidy, and easy to update. I like it!

  8. Thanks. I used to think I read a lot until I compiled this list. My Pastor said one year he read 100 books (not the norm, but he is an avid reader).

    Not all the books I read are of a “religious” nature. Sometimes I read just for giggles.

  9. It’s important to read “for giggles” sometimes too. Trust me, you do read a lot. Someone might read more, but I think that is a very rare find.

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